While medical tests can be intimidating for first time patients and claustrophobics, parents are often concerned about their children undergoing diagnostic imaging scans. These often lengthy and noisy procedures can leave children restless, but one center is getting creative with how they perform pediatric CT scans.
A CT scan can be a scary procedure for people of all ages, but it’s particularly terrifying for younger children, not to mention much more difficult to perform. There are a few key difficulties with CT that play a role when it comes to doing scans on children.
1) The CT machine is scary.
It’s a huge, humming tube that the child gets unwillingly placed inside of. It’s loud and it’s dark and it’s generally just a bit frightening.
2) Time of procedure.
Although CT scans are significantly faster than MRI’s, they can still take up to half an hour to complete. That’s a long time to hold someone’s attention.
3) The patient needs to stay still.
Sure, with CT the technology can handle a little more movement than an MRI machine can, but for the most part, it’s still crucial that the patient remain still for the entire scan to ensure that the highest quality images are taken. That might not sound like such a difficult task for an adult, but asking a small child to remain completely still for an extended amount of time? Pretty much impossible.
Studies have found that an incredibly effective way to keep kids entertained and unafraid during CT scans is to simply be creative. Staff in several children’s hospitals have understood that in order to keep CT from being a scary experience for their younger patients, they need to find a way to make it fun. Check out these creative CT scans designed with children in mind.
We understand CT scans can be scary for both parents and children, but these fun and effective ways of entertaining children during their scans bring creativity to a new level. If you have any questions about your child's CT scan, we would be more than happy to help. Our AIC team is dedicated to providing your child with the best imaging care.